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The Spaniard was criticised this week by his opposite number for influencing the 2007 Premier League relegation battle by fielding a weakened team on the final day of the season

Interim Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has revealed he will shake Leeds United manager Neil Warnock's hand ahead of the sides' Capital One Cup quarter-final meeting on Wednesday.

The Yorkshireman this week reignited a rift with the Blues manager which dates back to Sheffield United's relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the 2006-07 season.

Warnock was angered by Benitez's decision to field a weakened Liverpool team against Fulham, with the Cottagers' victory over the Reds eventually keeping them up at the expense of his Blades team.

However, the 52-year-old has moved to calm talk of an angry reunion at Elland Road and says he will remain focused on his job.

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"Each one has his ideas about each one and I am a professional and I will try to do my job and don't [sic] be involved in anything," he told reporters.

"I would say again I am professional and I will do my job, and normally the league is about 38 games and not just one game.

"I am professional, I don't have any problem. I think we will have a lot of people watching us, so we have to behave."

Warnock had also claimed that Benitez threatened to take legal action via email after his outburst in 2007, a story which the Spaniard has now confirmed.

He added: "I didn't remember. I saw this, but I didn't remember. It's true, but I didn't remember. I will be concentrating [on] my job and hopefully we can talk about football.

"That will be the best thing for the fans, for everyone, so I think that we have to leave things on the pitch and leave things in football and ignore everything outside football."

Chelsea lost 1-0 to Corinthians in the Club World Cup final on Sunday and Benitez is keen to bounce back as soon as possible.

He added: "For us every trophy is important and obviously we have an opportunity now if we win to be in the semi-finals, so we will try to do our best.

“We will try to win and after we are in the semi-final we will try to be in the final and try to win every trophy."

The Madrid-born boss also claimed that the foreign players in his squad are fully aware of the long-running rivalry between Leeds and Chelsea.

He added: "I think so, but anyway we will talk to them and explain how important every game is, how important the competition is for us, and how important the game will be for all the fans of both clubs.

"I think it's a night for good players, good professionals and people ready to perform on the pitch and do things in the right way.

"I don't think we have to approach games thinking about it too much as a battle. I think we have to approach games like football, and then try to play good football and enjoy it."

Finally, the former Liverpool tactician downplayed talk of a rift between himself and Leeds manager Neil Warnock, adding: "Each one has his ideas about each one and I am a professional and I will try to do my job and I don't want to be involved in anything."

"I am professional, I don't have any problem. I think we will have a lot of people watching us, so we have to behave."

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